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Play involves exploring the world, meeting people and helping them with missions. Getting around, and getting where you need, often involves this inhabiting of the hundreds of animals and objects you find in the world. As you do you take on their unique gameplays and abilities to travel, solve puzzles and uncover secrets. You might become a bird to fly high over the island, or a fish to discover what's in the rivers and sea, or perhaps a dog to sniff out treasure.
As you progress you discover more of the world and learn tricks to pull of stunts and dives. It's physics-driven, with weather and day-night cycles, so many of the things you do will emerge as you play in the world. Climbing, for instance, lets you ascend anything in the world whether that's a mountain, house or tree. Likewise, sailing your customizable boat requires you to work with the physics of the water and wind.
Into this simulated world, there are specific things you can discover and learn. Like the tricks, you can learn to play the ukulele, find a flashlight, slingshot, compass and camera. The ukulele not only offers musical accompaniment but is a useful tool throughout the game. You play along at key story moments during rhythm sections. You can also unlock melodies as you explore the world and trigger special events like attracting animals, or triggering rainfall.
The result is a heartfelt adventure with a world, story and characters deeply embedded in New Caledonia culture. This is extended by fantastical elements but even these are rooted in local landscapes, flora and fauna, music, languages, folklores and traditions of the territory.
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Reaction time is needed for rhythm challenges, but if you fail these you can still progress with the game. You generally can't fail many tasks, but when swimming you can blackout and restart from a checkpoint.
There is an aim-assist on the slingshot action to ensure it is easier to use. There are occasions where you need to press buttons rapidly, but these can also be completed by holding the button.
Subtitle speaker is indicated by them appearing on screen. Dialogue is voiced in the local language so players are likely to use subtitles.
When you Soul Jump the aiming mode highlights items in green (and crosshair changes) to indicate you can jump to that object. Other interactable items are indicated with a pop-up icon.
Directional audio cues are provided while you are exploring. You can hear the location of birds enough to identify where it is.
Our Tchia Accessibility Report details 37 accessibility features:
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